Infection can develop after an injury or wound to the skin
such as a cut or scrape, a bite or sting, a tattoo or piercing, or other skin
problems. An infection may develop in a skin growth or spot when bacteria enter
irritated or injured skin at or near the site of the skin growth. Signs of
infection may include:
Increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth
around the affected area.
Red streaks extending from the affected
Drainage of pus from the area.
Fever or chills
with no other known cause.
Swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck, armpit, or groin.
Certain diseases may increase your risk for a serious
infection. People who have
peripheral arterial disease, or an impaired
immune system may require medical treatment at the
first signs of infection.
Q. I'm waking up every morning with little bites on my arms. Could
these be from bedbugs?
A. They certainly could be. Bedbugs -- small, oval-shaped, wingless
insects that feed on the blood of mammals (including humans) -- are making a
big comeback all over the country. Bedbugs get their name from the fact that
they often hide in mattresses during the day -- after feasting on sleeping
people at night.
Unlike ticks and fleas, bedbugs don't carry diseases. But the itching can be